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Margaret Bourke / Burke 18 (single woman 4) House maid RC neither Galway, came 17 July 1841 on the Royal Saxon
Margaret Bourke / Burke 23 (single woman 3) House servant RC neither Limerick, came 4 Oct 1841 on the Enmore
Margaret Bush / Burk 17 (single woman 5) General Servant Prot reads Kildare, came 30 Nov 1841 on the Mary Nixon
Margaret Burke 22 (single woman 2) House Servant RC Both Co. Tipperary , came 24 Dec 1841 on the Gilmore
Margaret Bourke wed Robert Perceval in 1842 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Margaret Bourke, died aged 4 female Melbourne 1842 #38427 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Margaret Bourke, wed Robert Perceval 1842 #719 Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Margaret Bourke, List 5, 31 May 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 4 June 1844
Margaret Burke died 1845 Female aged 25 at Melbourne
Margaret Bourke wed James Craig in 1846 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Martin Burke 33 hus of (family 03) Carpenter RC both Galway arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Regulus source Bounty Immigrants
Honoriey Burke 27 wife of Martin (family 03) Housekeeper RC both Galway arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Regulus source Bounty Immigrants
Martin Burke, and Honora Keenan baptised female Catherine at Roman Catholic St Marys, Geelong born at Geelong 1842 #507
Mary Burke 22 came Dec 1839 on the Westminster
Mary Burke sailed 7-Mar 1840 for Hobart on the Adelaide - source Port Phillip Herald 10 Mar 1840
Mary Bourke wed John Madigan in 1840 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Mary Bourke 20 (single woman 3) Housemaid, RC reads, Chamell, came 13 Dec 1840 on the Orient
Mary Bourke / Burke 16 (single woman 6) Dairymaid RC neither Tipperary, came 3 Jun 1841 on the Duchess Of Northumberland
Mary Burke/ Bourke, Sponsor of Richard son of William Splane Baptised on 9 June 1841 by Rev Michael Ryan at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne - see my Chapman page for details of this event
Mary Bourke wed James Mannix in 1847 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Mary Ann Bourke wed John Bayley in 1846 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Mary Burke wed J Spelman 1842 #247 Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong
Michael Burke 24 with wife Catherine, Ploughman employed by Mr McNall 6 months, came to NSW on the British King and Apr 1839 on the John Barry
Catherine Burke 22 wife of Michael, came to NSW on the British King and Apr 1839 on the John Barry
Michael Bourke wife Catherine Kelly son James Bourke born 5 Oct 1839 baptised 9 Oct 1839 at St Francis Roman Catholic church
James Bourke baptism sponsors were James Neville and Bridget Neville born 5 Oct 1839 baptised 9 Oct 1839 at St Francis Roman Catholic church
Michael Bourke sponsor for Margaert Neville baptised 9 Oct 1839 at St Francis Roman Catholic church
Michael Boorke / Bourke 20 (single man 2) Labourer, RC, both, Clonmell, came 18 July 1840 on the Theresa
Michael Burke 21 (single man 2) Labourer RC reads Tipperary, came 17 July 1841 on the Royal Saxon
Michael Burke 27 hus (family 1) Farm servant RC both Limerick, came 4 Oct 1841 on the Enmore
Margaret Burke 28 wife of Michael (family 1) RC both, came 4 Oct 1841 on the Enmore
Catherine Burke 0 dau of Michael (family 1) RC both, came 4 Oct 1841 on the Enmore
Michael Burke, and Margaret Murphy baptised male James at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #486
Michael Bourke, granted depasturing license for Western Port Feb 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 12 March 1844
Michael Burke List No 7, 31 July 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Michael Bourke Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847

From on Saturday, 14 January 2012
Hi Elizabeth Thanks for your great site. I am researching Michael, Margaret & Catherine Burke that arrived at Port Phillip on the 6 October 1841 on the ship Enmore.
They changed their name to Bourke and had another seven children: James 1842, Margaret 1844, Bridget 1846, Mary Ann 1847, Thomas Ambrose 1849, Michael Joseph 1852 & John Thomas 1854.
Our family are descendants of John Thomas Bourke who settled in Seymour. Catherine married Patrick Cain 1861
Michael & Margaret Bourke settled in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. So far I have not been able to find their death certificates and do not know what happened to them.
This research is still ongoing and I was so pleased to find your site. Thanks again
Regards Irena Creedon


Mr Bourke (Cabin 9) came 18 July 1840 on the Theresa
Mr Burke sailed 31-Aug 1840 for Hobart on the Lillias
Mrs Burke (Cabin) departed for London 3 Apr 1841 on the Indemnity
Miss Burke cleared out 14 May 1842 - on the Flying Squirrel source Port Phillip Herald Tue 17th May 1842
Mrs Burke arrived at Launceston 31 Jan 1843 from Portland, Minerva
Patrick Bourke 26 (2 single man) Labourer RC both Tipperary, came 3 June 1841 on the Duchess Of Northumberlan
Patrick Bourke / Burke 18 (single man 8) Labourer RC reads Tipperary, came 3 Jun 1841 on the Duchess Of Northumberland
Patrick Burke 28 hus (family 3) Labourer RC Both Tipperary, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Lysander
Mary Burke 28 wife of Patrick (family 3) Farm servant RC Tipperary, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Lysander
Patrick Burke 1 son of Patrick (family 3) RC Tipperary, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Lysander
newly arrived Burke/ Bourke, drowned in an unfortunate accident, leaves a family Source - "Geelong Advertiser" 14 Mar 1842
Mr Burke and Keenan, newly arrived immigrants both leaving families, drowned when working on the new jetty source Port Phillip Herald Fri 18th March 1842
Patrick Bourke 26 (2 single man) Labourer RC both Tipperary, came 3 June 1841 on the Duchess Of Northumberlan
Patrick Bourke / Burke 18 (single man 8) Labourer RC reads Tipperary, came 3 Jun 1841 on the Duchess Of Northumberland
Patrick Burke 28 hus (family 3) Labourer RC Both Tipperary, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Lysander
Mary Burke 28 wife of Patrick (family 3) Farm servant RC Tipperary, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Lysander
Patrick Burke 1 son of Patrick (family 3) RC Tipperary, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Lysander
newly arrived Burke/ Bourke, drowned in an unfortunate accident, leaves a family Source - "Geelong Advertiser" 14 Mar 1842
Mr Burke and Keenan, newly arrived immigrants both leaving families, drowned when working on the new jetty source Port Phillip Herald Fri 18th March 1842
Patrick Bourke 23 (single man 2) Farm servant RC both Tipperary, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Lysander
Patrick Bourke / Burke 20 (single man 1) Farm labourer RC Both Co Galway, came 24 Dec 1841 on the Alexander
Patrick Burke, wed Mary Larkin 1842 #250 Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong
Patt Burke, male wed Seragh Tarpy 1842 #35456 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Patrick Bourke wed Bridget Corbett at St. Francis Catholic Church, Melbourne, on April 24, 1843.
Bridget Corbett, arrived in Melbourne in October of 1841 on board the ship 'Lysander' with her brother Michael Corbett. She was aged about 20, and Michael about 23. It is unsure which ship her future husband Patrick Burke/Bourke arrived on, as there were several of the correct age arriving in Melbourne between 1840-1841
Patrick Bourke and Bridget Corbett parents of Margaret born 10 Jan 1848 and baptised 4 Jan 1849 by Rev Coffy, Roman Catholic
Patrick Bourke in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 March 1843
Patrick Bourke The Port Phillip Herald Tue 12 Sep 1843 Publicans Licemce transfer of 'Australian Hotel' from John Stewart Problem because he is not a married man
Patrick Bourke Australian Hotel Little Collins St Publican's License postponed a week listed on 7 May 1844
Patrick Bourke, license renewed for 'Australian Hotel' Little Collins St postponed to 14 May. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
Patrick Burke cleared 22 May 1844 and sailed 23 May from Melbourne for Portland on the Sally Ann, source local newspapers
Patrick Burke cleared on 18 Oct 1844 from Melbourne and sailed on 19 Oct for Port Albert Ettrick, source local newspapers
Patrick Bourke, of the 'Australian Hotel' to move to the Royal Hotel premises. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 21 Sept 1844
Patrick Burke/ Bourke, Burgess for La Trobe Ward. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
Patrick Bourke, Bourke St 'Australian Inn' granted annual Publican's license - source Port Phillip Herald 17 Apr 1845
Patrick Bourke publican Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
Patrick Bourke / Burke 28 hus of Mary (family 02) Labourer RC neither Tipperary arrived 18 Feb 1844 from London and Cork on the Royal Consort
Mary Bourke / Burke 25 wife of Patrick (family 02) RC reads Tipperary arrived 18 Feb 1844 from London and Cork on the Royal Consort
Bridget Bourke / Burke 9 months dau of Patrick (family 02) RC Tipperary arrived 18 Feb 1844 from London and Cork on the Royal Consort
Patrick Bourke, No 6, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 4 July 1845
Patrick Bourke wed Catherine Heffernan in 1846 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Patrick Bourke wed Margaret Grace in 1846 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Patrick Bourke carrier Campbellfield Sydney Road, Source - 1847 Directory
Patrick Bourke labourer Lonsdale stseet, Source - 1847 Directory
Patrick Bourke labourer off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Phillip Bourke 27 (single man 1) Farm servant RC both Tipperary, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Lysander
Phillip Burke Police Court Mon 23 May charged with drunk, fined five shillings source Melbourne Times - Sat 21 May 1842, page 3
Phillip Bourke Advertising, signed a support letter for Alexander Chisholm source Melbourne Times - Sat 9 July 1842, page 3
Phillip Bourke, No 9, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 13 Oct 1845
Sir Richard Bourke 9 Sept 1836 issued a Government Order which authorised the location of settlers at Port Phillip under the Crown Lands Regulations of NSW
Sir Richard Bourke arrived 1 March 1837 with a suite of 15, which included Capt Phillip Parker King and Robert Hoddle.
His Excellency Sir Richard Bourke and suite Arrived at Sydney 8 Apr 1837 from Port Phillip on 1 Apr the HMS on the Rattlesnake
Richard Burke 29 hus of Mary (family 03) Stone mason RC reads Cork arrived 18 Feb 1844 from London and Cork on the Royal Consort
Mary Burke 28 wife of Richard (family 03) RC reads Cork arrived 18 Feb 1844 from London and Cork on the Royal Consort
Robert Burke Muddy Creek Goulburn River Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Mr Robert Bourke signed support letter for John Matthew Smith source Port Phillip Herald Fri 2nd December 1842 News Page 3
Robert Burke wed Sarah Montgomery in 1843 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
Robert Bourke Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847
Sarah Ann Burke Convict came on the Arab (from VDL) 14 December 1835 tried at Lancaster, Liverpool Quarter Session assigned to T Thorneloe Esq (S)
Sarah Ann Burke convict came on the Arab VDL assigned to T Thornelse Assigned Servants page 5 - 1838 granted ticket-of-leave
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Convict records page 105 for her descriptio, from Liverpool, a nurse girl 4 ft 10 ins tall, also Conduct page 36, 3rd down page, she was charged with stealing gown and bolster, on 6 July 1835, and on 19 Nov 1838 wed Pennington, charged with being in a Public House on Sunday, with assigned servants, Remanded to ther House of Correction, her husband being at Port Phillip, she was sentenced to Hard Labour at the Wash Tub.
See Blaek House, Malmsbury built by Sarah and James Penninton. Thomas Pennington was one of the first settlers given a land grant in Sorrell Tasmania 1813. Thomas Pennington married Sussannah Welch following the death of her first husband Samuel Wiggings a Royal Marine in the founding party of Lieutenant Govenor David Collins . Samuel & Sussannah had six children and in 1803 they took passage on the ship Calcutta where Sussannah gave birth to a son Thomas Wiggins and step brother to James Pennington, he was to be the first recorded birth in the official baptismal register in Van Diemans Land . ( Australian vital records Tas R/N 1 ) Sussannah was to bare two more children to Thomas Pennington , being James Pennington was born to Thomas & Sussannah (Welch, Wiggins) Pennington in Hobart Tasmania (Van Diemans Land) in 1815, and his sister Mary.
James Pennington met and fell in love with Sarah Ann Burke born 1820, and died 1871, Convict no 9201 who was transported to Van Diemans Land on the ship the Arab in 1836 for the term of seven years after being convicted at Lancaster /Liverpool Quarter session for petty crime , she was 15 at the time and was assigned to Mr Thomas Thornloe Esq, she was granted a ticket of leave in 1838 and in that same year her and James were married. One year on in 1839 Thomas Thorneloe was sent to Port Phillip / Northern country Vic to investigate prospects for the Govenor and went on to manage Barfold Station, Macedon Ranges. He invited James Pennington and Sarah to join him in employement on Barfold station, where James worked for many years along side Mr Thorneloe. James ad Sarah Pennington had no children.
Teressa Bourke 25 (single woman 03) House servant RC Reads Galway arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Himalaya source Bounty Immigrants
Thomas Bourke 22 hus (family 8) Carpenter RC both Limerick, came 21 Jan 1841 on the Sir Charles Forbes
Mary Bourke 20 wife of Thomas (family 8) Seamstress RC both Limerick, came 21 Jan 1841 on the Sir Charles Forbes
James Burke/ Bourke, aged 5 days, son of Thomas Burke and Mary Butler born 1 June 1841 baptised on 6 June 1841 by Rev Geoghegan at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne Sponsors are Joseph Haynes and Jane Donahy - see my Chapman page for details of this event
Thomas Burke, and Mary Butler baptised female Margaret at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #334
Mary Burke nee Butler 1815 - 1895 #10898 aged 80, dau of James Butler, died at Richmond
Thomas Burke and Mary Butler has baptised at St Francis Roman Catholic church, Melbourne, James Burke 1841 #36046, Margaret Burke 1842 #334, and Michael Burke 1843 #37059
Thomas Burke and Mary Butler have four baptised at St Mary's Roman Catholic church, Geelong, Anne Bourke 1845 #734 born in Geelong, and then moved to Corio, Margaret Burke 1846 #1669, John Burke 1847 #2488 and Robert Burke 1848 #3292
Annie Burke born in Geelong, wed 1867 #3827 to Louis Gobel
Is this Annies' brother - John Bourke born in Geelong, wed 1871 #4681 to Matilda Hewish

From on Monday, 8 September 2014,
Hi Elizabeth,
I typed the above into my search engine and came upon your page "Victoria before 1848" in which mention is made of Thomas and Mary Bourke arriving on the Sir Charles Forbes in 1841. Thomas and Mary were my great great grandparents. I did not know from where in Ireland nor the name of the ship or date of their arrival. One of their daughters Annie (my great grandmother) married Louis Adolphus Gabel who is mentioned on another of your pages.
Do you have any further information regarding these people? Eileen

Thomas Burke 20 (single man 5) Labourer RC Waterford, came 21 Jan 1841 on the Sir Charles Forbes
Thomas Burke 23 hus (family 1) Carpenter RC Both Galway, came 17 July 1841 on the Royal Saxon
Catherine Burke 23 wife of Thomas (family 1) Housekeeper reads Galway, came 17 July 1841 on the Royal Saxon
Ann Burke 1 dau of Thomas (family) died 15 Apr 1841 aged 16 months on the Royal Saxon
Thomas Burke 22 hus (family 3) Farm servant RC both Tipperary, came 4 Oct 1841 on the Enmore
Biddy Burke 22 wife of Thomas (family 3) RC both, came 4 Oct 1841 on the Enmore
Thomas Burke 22 hus of (family 04) Carpenter RC both Galway arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Regulus source Bounty Immigrants
Catherine Burke 22 wife of Thomas (family 04) Housekeeper RC both Galway arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Regulus
Thomas Bourke wed Mary Anne Murphy in 1843 at Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong
Thomas Burke Cleared out from Port Phillip 8 April 1843 for Launceston arrived 11 April then Sydney Sea Horse
Thomas Bourke, Portland Bay District monthly license for 1-31 August 1844 to strip Bark and cut timber. Source - Port Phillip Herald 22 Oct 1844
Thomas Bourke, Portland Bay District monthly license for 1-31 August 1844 to strip Bark and cut
Thomas Bourke, letter at Geelong Post Office. Source - Geelong Advertiser 29 Aug 1844
Thomas Bourke, Licensed to cut timber at Western Port District July 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 18 Aug 1845
Thomas Bourke shoemaker Swanston street, Source - 1847 Directory
Timothy Bourke 24 (single man 4) Labourer, RC both, Co Cork, came 24 June 1840 on the Andromache
William Burke convict came on the John, 27 September 1836 tried at Lincoln, Lindsey Quarter Session, Nominal List of Ticket of Leave page 39 - 26 granted ticket-of-leave 12 May 1841
William Burke 27 (single man 2) Farm Servant, RC both, Cork, came 24 June 1840 on the Andromache
William Burke 26, (single man 2) Servant, RC Reads Co Tipperary, came 17 Dec 1841 on the Agostina
William Burke 30 hus of (family 05) Labourer RC Neither Galway arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Regulus source Bounty Immigrants
Winifred Burke 29 wife of William (family 05) House servant RC Neither Galway arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Regulus
Patrick Burke 8, Mary Burke 4 and John Burke 0 son of William (family 05) RC Neither Galway arrived 13 Jan 1842 from from London 1 Sep and Cork 21 Sep 1841, on the Regulus
William Burke on list of supporters of William Lonsdale, Sub-Treasurer source PPH 27 June 1843
William Bourke LaTrobe Ward to meet at his "Australian Inn" source PPH 17 Sep 1843
Wineford Bourk - Bourke wed Alexander Johnson in 1846 at Roman Catholic St Marys, Geelong
Bourke & Neville in a partnership settlers Minton's Creek Western Port, Source - 1847 Directory
Peter Burker, No 6, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 4 July 1845
Richard Burkitt, letter to be collected from Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 6 Feb 1844

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